* Follow the recent games of top grandmasters
* Improve your game
* Study combinations any time and anywhere
* Enjoy a collection of annotated puzzles that you have not seen in any other tactics books
* Maintain regular practice by solving several puzzles every day
For the purpose of this collection, the author used Mikhail Botvinnik's definition of a combination, which defines it as "a forced maneuver or maneuvers combined with a sacrifice, as a result of which the active side gains an objective advantage". All the puzzles have been carefully checked to ensure the correctness and uniqueness of solutions, so the reader can be certain that there is only one winning continuation in each position.
The previous volumes in the "Practical Tactics" Series were:
Best Combinations of 2015 - January, February, March
Best Combinations of 2015 - April, May, June
Best Combinations of 2015 - July, August, September
Best Combinations of 2015 - October, November, December
Modern Chess Combinations - January, February, March 2016
Modern Chess Combinations - April, May, June 2016
Modern Chess Combinations - July, August, September 2016
Modern Chess Combinations - October, November, December 2016
Despite the large proliferation of computer chess software, there is a lack of explanation for how to tie to it effectively to one's study of openings. In the most advanced book on the subject, 'Opening Preparation', published in 1990s, the renowned coach Mark Dvoretsky, while giving great coverage for other topics, described the system for storing opening analysis on paper cards, with a side note that this was outdated and software should be used instead and that this was a large topic deserving a separate discussion. Since then there was a deafening silence on the subject in chess books, at least partially inspiring this publication, which outlines the system for storing opening analysis that served the author well for almost a decade.
The goal of the book is to help the reader to increase their creativity in the opening phase of the game - both at home and during the games - whether you are a serious tournament player, or just play chess for fun at a club or on the Internet. Most of the plans and ideas are coming from Grandmaster games, with additional examples of preparation from the author's own master level games. Whether you enjoy opening preparation already, or it is your weak spot, I hope the book will give you some food for thought and practical suggestions applicable immediately upon reading the book. If rather than remember exact opening moves from the book examples, the reader is instead inspired to come up with their own ideas - the author's mission will be quite accomplished!
Good opening preparation is all about picking the right direction for opening research and investing time into fine-tuning the understanding of favourable positions that are most likely to occur in our games. The basic premise throughout the book is to base one's opening preparation on 3 E's:
Enjoyable - the positions that you analyze during opening preparation should appeal to your chess taste, and the process itself should feel pleasant and creative. See the section on 'Creativity' for more details.
Effective - ultimately it should bring good results during tournament games, and be targeted at the positions that are most likely to occur on the board. This is covered under sections on Cutting Opponent's Options, Transpositions, and so on. Our choice of opening variations is more likely to make our work effective than anything else.
Efficient - this is not as important as effectiveness, but we still don't want to waste time and analysis, so various computer tools are suggested to optimize the 'how' of opening analysis, save our work, and efficiently retrieve it.
While it has plenty of examples and annotated games, this book deals with opening preparation in general. For books on specific openings, the reader might want to explore other books in the "Opening Preparation" Series:
- Spanish Opening - Strategy and Tactics for White
- Exchange Slav - Strategy and Tactics covers the particular opening and pawn structure for both sides
- Isolated Queen Pawn: Strategy and Tactics spans multiple openings, but focuses on a single common pawn structure
Today many strong chess players occasionally play it, with Teimour Radjabov being one of the main proponents, as you will see in the example games. Levon Aronian has also tried it a few times, and other top players who have it in their repertoire include Vadim Zvjaginsev, Alexander Khalifman, Ivan Sokolov and Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu. Magnus Carlsen himself tried it on a couple of occasions. Among the players who played it in the previous decades, one can name Ventzislav Inkiov and Ratmir Kholmov. The player’s index at the end should be a starting point to finding key players and studying their games.
Upon studying this book and adopting the Schliemann, you will discover that playing this line has the following benefits:
- Black enforces his variation on White as early as the third move, and thus takes most of the theoretical battles to his own "home turf"
- Black himself has to sharpen up his playing instincts from the very early stage of the game and play as concrete moves as possible, because theory tends to not go very far in the Schliemann; it is rare to be blitzing out theoretical lines anywhere past move 10, if not move 5
- The nature of arising positions, where Black most often has a strong center and/or two bishops - allows a player to develop a good sense of initiative if he or she does not have one already
The same applies in positions where Black gambits a pawn and plays for compensation, either in the middlegame or in the endgame
If one has not played similar risky sharp openings before, and/or has discarded gambits like the Schliemann as too positionally unsound - playing it will expand their positional horizons and broaden understanding of chess in generalAbout this Book
Note that this is a combined book that contains two previously published volumes - Schliemann Defence - Theory and Practice (Volume 1) and Schliemann Defence - Tactics and Combinations (Volume 2). While it does not contain any extra content, it gives the reader an extra convenience to have one book that they need to play the Schliemann with confidence.
The book has also been completely reformatted for the printed edition with in terms of layout, structure, and diagram resolution. The improved table of contents will allow you to navigate around the material more easily and use the book three purposes:
- As reference in the opening theory sections
- For pleasure when studying the related illustrative games
- For training in the tactics sections
At the moment of writing (fall 2017) there has not been a dedicated book on the Schliemann in recent years, and this publication is meant to fill that gap. The book is structured in such a way that each section presents the theoretical variations, followed by some games by top players that illustrate the typical ideas for each variation. The first few sections are heavy on theory, as White tries to directly refute 3 ...f5, while the consequent chapters focus more on understanding typical ideas and pawn structures as White takes a more solid and positionally sound approach.
You never get a second chance to make a firstimpression?especially in the game of chess! Chess Openings ForDummies gives you tips and techniques for analyzing openingsand strategies for winning chess games from the very first move youmake!
This friendly, helpful guide provides you with easy-to-followand step-by-step instructions on the top opening chess strategiesand gives you the tools you need to develop your own line of attackfrom the very start.Includes illustrations to help ensure victoryEquips you with the tools and strategies to plan a winningstrategyAlso serves as a valuable resource for curriculums that usechess as a learning tool
Whether you?re a veteran or novice chess player, ChessOpenings For Dummies is the ultimate guide to getting a grip onthe openings and variants that will ensure you have all the rightmoves to open and win any chess game.
Opening up files or diagonals
- Directly attacking opponent's king
- Gaining space
- Freeing up a square (e.g. as an outpost for a knight)
- Undermining opponent's pawn structure/chain
- Creating a passed pawn
Inspiration for this book came from reading Vladimir Kramnik's collection of games, which featured a special section on the pawn breakthroughs. Later studying the games of Mikhail Botvinnik, Carl Schlechter, the author also spotted their great ability to play with the pawns. In the book, the chapters are presented starting with Schlechter and ending with Kramnik, to reflect the development of chess thought.
Sacrificial pawn breaks are very common in chess and happen in a wide variety of positions, from sharp opening theoretical positions - to seemingly calm endgames. The challenge in writing this book was not in finding examples, but rather in constraining from adding more and more illustrative games. That means that once you study this topic, you should be able to frequently use the acquired skills in many of your tournament games, making this knowledge of great value for a practical player.
The book is filled with dozens of training questions so that before seeing the move played by the grandmaster - the reader can practice their skill and come up with an answer on their own. To see the solution to a position - just go to the next page in your e-reader.